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Jungle Fever (1991)

R | | Drama, Romance | 7 June 1991 (USA)
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Friends and family of a married black architect react in different ways to his affair with an Italian secretary.

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Spike Lee

Writer:

Spike Lee
6 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wesley Snipes ... Flipper Purify
Annabella Sciorra ... Angie Tucci
Spike Lee ... Cyrus
Ossie Davis ... The Good Reverend Doctor Purify
Ruby Dee ... Lucinda Purify
Samuel L. Jackson ... Gator Purify
Lonette McKee ... Drew
John Turturro ... Paulie Carbone
Frank Vincent ... Mike Tucci
Anthony Quinn ... Lou Carbone
Halle Berry ... Vivian
Tyra Ferrell ... Orin Goode
Veronica Webb ... Vera
Veronica Timbers Veronica Timbers ... Ming
David Dundara David Dundara ... Charlie Tucci
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Storyline

A successful and married black man contemplates having an affair with a white girl from work. He's quite rightly worried that the racial difference would make an already taboo relationship even worse. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sensuality, strong language, drug content, and for violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Wesley Snipes and Tyra Ferrell also appeared in White Men Can't Jump (1992) See more »

Goofs

During the dinner about 15 minutes into the film, the position of the sliced bread changes then changes back. See more »

Quotes

Lucinda Purify: Lord have mercy... on your twisted soul!
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are printed on roadsigns that move across the frame. See more »

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Featured in MsMojo: Top 10 Forbidden Love Movies (2016) See more »

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Each Other's Throats
Music and Lyrics by Stevie Wonder
Performed by Stevie Wonder
by arrangement with Stevland Morris Music, ASCAP
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More about sex than race
15 January 2006 | by msjpackeSee all my reviews

This movie is more about sex than race. Lee was quoted in the NYT as follows: "I hate this whole Hollywood process of breaking down a movie to one sentence," he said. "My films don't deal with one theme. They interweave many different things. You have to think. I'm not saying interracial relationships are impossible. Flipper and Angie are not meant to represent every interracial couple in the world. They are meant to represent two people who got together because of sexual mythology instead of love. Then they stay together because they're pushed together. They're outcasts. And since their relationship isn't based on love, when things get tough, they can't weather the storm." Thus at its core this film is a feminist critique of the nature of sexual attraction in contemporary America. These folks are wrong for each other but they both are stereotypically "attractive." There is "chemistry" between them, but no shared values that are the bedrock of a serious relationship. The "black stud"/ "sexy white girl" is just one way this could be instantiated.

In one sense, this is a serious issue and it is worth exploring. My own misgivings about this film is that Lee's moral seems to be: values = good, chemistry = bad, and this strikes me as somewhat simplistic.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 June 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,332,860, 9 June 1991

Gross USA:

$32,482,682

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$43,882,682
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Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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